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Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

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57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: 55
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1004 Locust St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63101-1306
United States
phone: (314) 241-8141

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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 28
Photo of portia99
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Made several trips here during a recent trip to St Louis.

V - Hip, modern décor. Makes a very good first impression. Bar is on the right side with an impressive number of taps, many of them local offerings - Perennial, 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, Civil Life, Urban Chestnut. Nice display of interesting and sometimes rare bottles on the wall behind the bar.

Q - Everything is top notch here - appearance, menu offerings, beer & wine offerings, service

S - Even when busy the bar service was excellent - generally two bartenders and an attendant for a relatively small bar (about 10 seats). Bartenders were friendly and knowledgable and could make suggestions for beers when posed with a question about the selection.

S - Beer selection was quite good. I really liked the breadth of local offerings on tap being a visitor to the area. Excellent bottle list also - was able to try Perennial 17 from the cellar. Lots of different styles represented - not just 30 taps of IPA's - saisons, sours, IPA's, stouts, wheats, Belgians...quite diverse.

F - Menu looked outstanding front to back. I stuck with simple cheese and charcuterie selections for some lighter fare. Unusual and quite tasty popcorn appetizers too. Plenty to choose from for all sizes of appetite and food preferences - not just simple bar food.

O - Really nice place that we were lucky enough to find. Great location downtown within walking distance of the stadiums/arenas and the arch.

Photo of D9sus4
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Went there with my wife for the first time last week. I had been meaning to go there for a while, but was finally motivated to do so by the bartender at one of my regular brewpubs.

Great looking place, 55 brews on tap. Mostly microbrews but with a few good, hard to find on tap Belgian brews. We tried about six different 4oz. pours before ordering a pint each with our dinner. The food alone would be worth a trip to this restaurant/bar even without the great selection of beer. They seem to make most of their food from scratch including several different pickled veges of which we liked the cornichons best. Very nice mix & match cheese and charcuterie plates.

This place is the opposite of what most locals prefer, which is Bud Light and toasted ravioli. We are very happy that David Bailey, who is a well respected restauranteur with several other successful restaurants, opened the Bridge Tap House. Highly recommended.

Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in for a couple of quick samples of some local brews.

About 40-45 taps with emphasis on regional beers. I really liked that drafts are available in 4 oz and 10/16 oz depending on style since this allowed me to try several new ones during a relatively short visit.

Reasonable bottle list with a fair amount of variety.

Didn't try the food, but the service was attentive and helpful.

Enjoyed the vibe in the place and would return if in the area...

Photo of wahnee86
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pro: Food is outstanding. Tried the duck salad and it hit the spot. The cold noodles and peanut sauce paired really well with the duck. Combined with a nice size portion, and this was an enjoyable dinner. Selection was well balanced with primarily domestic craft beer but a nice selection of European (especially Belgian) brews. Number of beers on tap are hard to find on the East Coast, so this was en enjoyable selection. 1 of 2 bar tenders knew his beer and could make interesting suggestions based on my own criteria. Led me to sample a number of beers, and was generous with the sample pours.
Cons: Other bar tender was clueless and really didn't know how to pick a beer. Maybe she was just new or unfamiliar with the rotating selection?

Photo of edenstjames
3.28/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The guys that own this and several other restaurants in stl are total douches. Not sure what they have against 16 oz pint glasses, either. Would much rather go to itaphouse, the Royale, Mangia... anywhere else. Pedestrian food, snotty patrons from the county. Hooray.

Photo of mhaugo
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I recently stumbled into this place after enjoying a Cardinals game at the beautiful Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It is adjacent to a large book store and features minimal signage out front. The interior is clean, modern, and urban, and absolutely bathed in darkness. I was immediately presented with a large, V-shaped, wooden bar that accommodated about a dozen seats. There are also some tables and chairs scattered here and there, and an entire elevated seating area that I did not really get a good look at. The tall brick wall behind the bar is covered by shelving that stores much of their bottles and glassware (there is a library-like ladder to get at the higher stuff). There is additional glassware hanging from above along with some interesting chandeliers.

The Bridge boasts that they have over two hundred beers available, and 55 of them are on tap handles. Their draft selection included many local breweries like 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, Civil Life, Perennial Ales, Schlafly, Charleville, and Urban Chestnut. The Midwest was also well represented with Arcadia, Bell’s, Founders, and New Holland. West coast breweries included Brouwerij West, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Green Flash, and Rogue. From the east side was He’Brew, Southern Tier, and Stillwater. Colorado made a good showing with Avery, Great Divide, Left Hand, New Belgium, and Ska. And there were even some internationals like Belhaven, St. Feuillien, Weihenstephan, Fiedmans, St. Bernardus, Van Honsebrouck, Young’s, Thornbridge, and Kiuchi (not very often do I see Japanese kegs floating around places like this). All in all, I was not left wanting for much.

I gave their list a quick look, but mostly relied on staff recommendations. The bartender was extremely friendly and very well educated. I was in the mood for a Saison and was pleasantly surprised to hear that they had three on tap. I regret not scanning through the bottle list, but I guess now I have a reason to go back.

I was pretty focused on drinking and socializing, so I didn’t get a great look at the food menu. But I did want some cheese, so I asked the bartender for a recommendation there as well. I ended up with a great selection of four different stinky cheeses that worked perfectly with my beers. The cheeses were about $6.50 a piece, but they were cut fairly generously, and came with dried fruit, nuts, and bread. Perfection.

Overall I was very impressed and would highly recommend it to any good beer enthusiast.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Swung by here on the way out of Left Bank Books. Had heard of this place from BA. Decided to check it out and it was empty around 12:30 on a Sunday when I arrived, but a half an hour later it was pretty busy. Service was very knowledgable and friendly. Selection of draft made me almost skip bottle list. Glad I did not when I found Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown in bottle! I missed the limited release last summer and had been kicking myself since. Served it to me at cellar temperature. Laid back, casual, classy atmosphere.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this place while on business. Swanky look on a not so swanky street. No dedicated parking lot so I spent $5 at a lot around the corner.
Fantastic long wooden bar so I sat myself right in front of their 40 something taps. Being from ny there were a lot of offerings that I cannot get - new Belgium, Deschutes, and lots of st louis locals. So selection is amazing. They also offer small 4oz glasses for high abv brews or ones you dont want to commit a full pour to.
Small but well thought food menu. I had a flatbread and it was tasty.
Service was really great atmosphere was also great. Well worth a visit. In fact id say its a must.

Photo of kjpage1
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Frequented with some guys for a bachelor party this past weekend. Unbelievable selection of draft and bottles; probably 3 pages of drafts and 7-8 pages of bottles. It was still a welcoming place to the guys that weren't beer geeks like me. Great, friendly wait-staff that answered any questions and gave solid recommendations based on your tastes. It was within walking distance to the downtown Hilton/Busch Stadium. I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting St. Louis and will definitely visit again if I have the chance.

Photo of eaglefreak
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Paid a visit here on 6/20/12 on a Wednesday night. Nice after work crowd. They have seating at the bar and an upstairs as well as outside picnic table seating. Very nice tap selection, including Founders, Bell's, Ommegang, Odell, and several local STL craft beers. Huge bottle list. Food was good and had many choices including cheese and meat plates, sandwiches, small plates, and entrees. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Large wine selection for those who might not want beer (gasp!). Will def go back on any vist to STL.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a saturday night and it was fairly busy. We still got three seats at the bar and marveled at the nice collection of beers. Founder's porter on tap was my favorite that I had. Also had a Bailey's chocolate, which was really interesting too.

The food looked good but we had just eaten so we didn't try it. Next time I will try it.

Service was good. We had a lot of fun bantering with the bartenders on our end of the bar. They made me want to return again.

Beer selection was great. Lots of local breweries on tap, plus some interesting stuff from all over the place. Focus seemed to be on craft beer, not BMC.

The four ounce pours were great because I got to try a founder's, avery, bailey's chocolate, new belgium, and great divide selection while I was there.

I'd say this is definitely worth stopping by when you're in St Louis.

Photo of Kyleisdesign
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My girlfriend took me here when I came to visit. Being that I currently live in Chicago I did not have the highest expecations for The Bridge and assumed it would ammount to a normal bar/restaurnt in my area. I was absolutely blown away by their tap list and bottle selection. They had a well balanced variety of styles and you can order all beer on tap in either a 4, 12, 20 or 64 oz size which makes for a great way to sample a variety of beers. The food was amazing as well (we had a variety of cheeses and cured meats). The prices were very reasonable with most 4oz pours being between $1 and $3. I have not stopped raving about this since I went. Next time I visit STL I will be sure to stop by again.

Photo of DCon
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

While bringing in friends to this place weekly, there's a reason behind the fact that I'm a huge fan of this place. From the great staff to urban design of the inside of the bar, nothing can beat it. Also, while this place doesn't advertise, its impressive how much business they bring in! There is also limited signage on the outside of the place so look for the bookstore at the corner of Locust and 10 St.

The atmosphere is awesome, but late nights here with a bro might seem awkward/gay. They turn the lights way down and play easy-listening music. Otherwise, its very "organic" in decoration with its BREWMASTER- fanimation fans, tree like chandeliers, and a library ladder to reach for the beer/wine selection.

From the perfect serving of glassware paired with each beer to a clean and well lit (according to the time of day), everything is perfect here!

I do have to say, if you are the only person in here or there are only a few people, the bartenders/managers (John and Shawn) are awesome and can help you out with ANY questions you have about their beer, wine, or tequila. On the flip side, on a busy night here, its tough to get a drink and you can wait for quite a while. Doesn't hurt my opinion of the place though.

Selection is unreal! You can even go to their website and pull up a Full Tap List (and they keep it updated by the week). While their 40+ taps rotate frequently with limited brews (just had Blushing Monk, Parabola, and Green Flash), they also have over 150 bottles. Can't go wrong with anything here!

The food is very good! I have had many varieties of their popcorn, bavarian pretzels, flatbread and hummus, and a plank with sausage and cheeses. Will be trying everything on this menu and trying something new each time I come back!

Perfect place to go to with a group of friends or also a date! Could definitely get someone into craft beer by bringing them here.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Bridge Tap House was our last stop in our tour of St. Louis. What a cool town! Art, beer, food, Indian mounds and ghetto ruins. Can't ask for anything else...

Located in Downtown STL, the Bridge was pretty empty when we visited on a Sunday at lunch time. Only about five people in plus the wife and myself, but I hear it gets busy during prime times!

We loved the atmosphere and decor- cool place with a modern-urban feel, more NYC or PHL than STL. Great music (including Phoenix!) and just a nice, relaxed vibe on a sleepy Sunday afternoon.

Service was great and knowledgeable, but then again, the place was pretty empty. Food is outrageous! Perfect to pair with beer, boards for sharing, meat-and-cheese plates, local ingredients... reminds me of The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia. We had some delicious cheddar crisps, smoked duck breast "pintxos" and dessert.

Beer selection is pretty flawless. I particularly enjoyed the big local selection of Missouri beers: I had 2nd Shift Collaboration IPA, Charleville Explicit APA and Hoptimistic IPA, Urban Chestnut Calypso, Bailey's Chocolate Ale.

55 taps, no less, with lots of styles. Belgians, Great Divide, Founders, Southern Tier, Left Hand, Avery, Bear Republic, New Belgium, Nebraska, New Holland... beers big and small.

The bottle selection is very good but not as impressive, with no crazy surprises but great prices and no ridiculous markups.

I love the bar looks, with a huge wooden bookcase filled not with books but with beer bottles. The whole place is connected to the Left Hand bookstore.

We ended paying $60 plus tax for a bunch of food items, a 20-oz beers and several 4-oz tastes. Pricey for St Louis, sure, but would you not? This place is classy and awe-inspiring!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place has a nice modern/minimalist but at the same time warm atmosphere. It is very clean and cool. There isn't much room on the first floor were a small bar is located at.

The beer selection is one of the best in the city. This and iTap probably have the best in terms of quality and numbers. Tons of out of state good staples and a bunch of local stuffs. Tried teh 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA which was delicious.

Service was friendly and timely but a bit robotic.

Food was delicious. Had some bruscheta and the manchego cheese board. Very good. I will be excited to try the sandwiches next time.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Glad to have tried this place during my visit to St. Louis thanks to the BeerAdvocate recommendations! This neat brick walled and contemporary (interesting mix of character) beer/wine bar is situated right off Locust Street downtown. They have over 50 taps and they’re all local and regional crafts or quality belgians plus an extensive bottle selection. They have any of their drafts available in 4 oz. pours as well as 12 and 24 ounce pours plus the bartenders seemed to know and care a lot about beer. They also have over 200 different kinds of wine as well as a number of artisinal liquors. Bartender / wait staff were attractive, cool, attentive. Good stuff going on here.

Photo of phaleslu
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Bridge is a fairly inconspicuous storefront on Locust downtown, and looks more like a trendy cafe than one of the best beer bars in the city. The tap list is huge, about 55 in all. Taps had plenty of New Belgium, Avery, Odell, O’Fallon, Schlafly, Bell’s, Founders, Cathedral Square, Six Row, Abita, New Holland, Boulevard, Great Divide, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Arcadia, some Belgians, and more. Great cheese/meat platters, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and a few other things. The atmosphere is clean, cool, and hip. There is minimal seating on the first floor where the bar is, but lots of tables upstairs. Service was friendly and good.

Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A small place in downtown St. Louis with an amazing tap list. I really did not like the atmosphere, but I'm chalking that up to visiting at 8:30 on a Saturday night. I felt out of place because I was not under the age of 30 or wearing designer jeans. However, I think it could be a really good atmosphere on a week night or in the afternoon. The shelved displaying their bottles was really cool as was the long line of taps. I had three beers and they all tasted well taken care of - ie clean tap lines, fresh, etc. Service was okay. I cut them slack on the scoring because of how busy it was. The selection is great. So many choices. Some small locals - like 2nd Shift and Charleville. Some semi-rare Belgians - like a Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge. I did not try the food, although I've heard good things about their cheese plates.

Photo of cubbyswans
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a nice place that's opened up downtown St. Louis. I've been in a few times. They have a great selection of craft beers. They have over 50 tap selections, and a decent bottle selection as well. Draft options are 4oz, 12oz, 20oz, or 64oz (growler to go) on every draft they have. They also sell bottles to go, as well, so for those that live in or are staying downtown, it's the best option for finding some craft beer to take with you in Downtown St. Louis. The service has been excellent each time I've been in. I've only ordered food one time, and I felt the food was a BIT pricey at first, but I really think that's to be expected from just about any establishment in a downtown location. The food was quite tasty, I'll add, so when I finished my meal, I really didn't think the price for it was out of line.

Photo of sprucetip
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Made a few visits on a long weekend visit to St. Louis. I liked the atmosphere in the long, narrow, 2 story, dimly lit building. There is some decor that could be considered odd, like the driftwood-like plant material coming off the lighting fixtures, but it didn't bother me. I guess you could say that it has a bit of an upscale feel about it, but I felt plenty comfortable, and am not an upscale (socio-economic) kind of guy.

55 taps, I belive, and another 200 bottles or so. Wine, too, as evidenced by the name. I got good service at midnight on a Saturday night, and great service on the other visits when it wasn't so busy (or loud). What I love about this place is that the menu offers 4 serving sizes, and lists prices clearly (except that they don't include the tax, which I guess is typical in Missouri): 4oz, 12oz, 20oz, 64oz. Of course the 4oz pours cost more per ounce, but I have no problem with that. I can try more beers, that I can't ordinarily get, without getting hammered. I approve of the program.

As for quality, a friend got something that tasted flat (I concurred), and it was replaced with no questions. Whatever gets docked in quality is made up for in service.

Didn't try the food, but I think it's more foo-foo than meat and potatoes, if that makes any sense. They have a sister business a couple blocks away called the Rooster, where we had a satisfying meal at a fair price.

Photo of gregalobeer
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

God, I love this place. All around, awesome. I feel like I'm shouldn't leave such a positive review, like I'm supposed to reserve the "5" rating for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But you know what ... I have *nothing* critical to say. Wait, that's not true. There was no lighting above the urinal. But that's it.

The ambiance is fabulous. Woodsy, dimly lit but not obnoxiously so, the many taps are a fixture unto themselves, and the upstairs couch area is so peaceful and chill. I went 3 times over a conference weekend. We kept thinking to ourselves, "You know, why don't we just go back to Bridge? There's not a better place downtown." In fact, there's not a better place in many downtowns.

Oh yea, they also have an amazing beer and wine selection, and declicious dips. And food. Look, just go there.

Photo of CMW
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Just now getting around to a review after visiting a few months ago.

Located in the middle of downtown STL, the Bridge almost seems out of place. Not that I don't love the downtown location, we just do not see too many beer bars in this very central downtown locale.

A - When I walked in I was immediately taken back by the architecture. This is a two story bar but the 2nd story is almost loft-like with low ceilings and about 20 tables. The bar area is filled with wood and the lighting is dark and sets the ambiance.

Q - The quality of beer is top notch for STL and similar to what iTap has to offer. Plenty of regional fare from Schlafly, O'fallon, Boulevard, etc..

S - We sat upstairs and the service was top notch. The server was very attentive and visited several times to make sure we had everything we needed. Water on the table is also a big plus.

S - I spoke a little about selection earlier, but will expand. 200 beers, 55 on-tap. However, there are plenty of quality names here. Founders, Lagunitas, Bell's, Bear Republic, there is something for everyone. They also have a fairly extensive wine list if you come with non-beer drinking friends.

F - I did not try the food personally, but my friends say it is quote good.

Overall, very good bar and the prices are not out of line.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

finally stopped in to check the place out. the bar was spot clean, dressed up well with hanging glasses, lots of wood work, bottles across the wall, and a vintage ladder along the bar for grabbing bottles. the place was spotless and I was helped above and beyond (granted, I was the only one in there). the bartenders knew their beer. The Bridge has 55 taps, 200+ bottles, and growlers to go (growlers are pricey). i have yet to try the food however the menu looks solid. I plan on returning and look forward to it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on a recent trip to St. Louis.

This place is a real gem and was recommended to me by a local bartender, otherwise I would have never found it.

This bar has a nice upscale atmosphere to it, darkly lit, very nice ambiance and a beautiful bar with about 40 taps. The quality of the beer here was exceptional with a selection from Bell's (Two Hearted, Expedition, Orsman), Founders (Cerise, Porter), New Belgium (Fat Tire, Mothership, Ranger, Skinnydip), Left Hand, Bear Republic, and many more.

Prices were far, perhaps slightly high, with the ability to get any beer in 3 different sizes. Definitely a place I would go back to if I ever find myself in St. Louis again.

Didn't have any food here, so I can't comment there.

Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on a recent business trip.

A - It was a Sunday night, but it was certainly a high quality tap house. Beer was front and center. They were filming for an advertisement as well.

Q - Excellent tap list, and the food was exceptional.

Serv: good, but could have been better.I was left with an empty half sample glass for far too long. In retrospect, I probably should have thanked her since I was pulling down the high ABV.

Sel: Excellent regional and national tap list. Had some Avery, Cathedral, Schflay, etc.

Food: The meat and cheese plate was very solid. Cheese selection was a bit pedestrian.

Good place to go in DT STL. I'll have to dedicate a night to this place rather than to share it with the Schlafly tap room.

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Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in Saint Louis, MO
98 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.